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Pap. Berlin P. 15640

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15640
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory registered as existing during revision (1958)
Publication Permission Status permission for publication assigned

Origin / Provenance

Ancient Provenance Site Elephantine (Ꜣbw; Yb; YbꜢ; YbꜤ; Ἐλεφαντίνη, יב , ⲉⲓⲏⲃ) [Trismegistos]
Certainty: high
Ancient Provenance District Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Discovery archaeological excavation
Certainty: high
Finder (= First Purchaser) Rubensohn, Otto / Zucker, Friedrich (excavation directors)
Certainty: high
Location of Find / Purchase in Egypt Elephantine
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Acquisition for the Intitution partage
Date of Acquisition for the Intitution between 1906 and 1908
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Color papyrus, light
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 85 mm | 94 mm | mm
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation The right part is broken off in undetermined extent. Some minor holes in the sheet.
Mounting framed under glass
Comments on Object According to the inventory "Abschrift und Deutung von W. Erichsen" existing.

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object recto/verso
Script-Fiber-Relation (for Payri) parallel (verso) and perpendicular (recto)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) The right part is broken off in undetermined extent. Some text damages.
Script, Primary Early to Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Early Demotic - Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Geübte, flüchtige früh- bis mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. Recto: The text covers nearly the entire (preserved!) sheet, without margins. Verso: The text was placed onto the upper half of the ^sheet, without upper and left margins. The lower half remains uninscribed, except for the address line.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 7 4+1
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 95 95
Column Height (in mm) 80 40
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 95 x 80 95 x 40


Text Content

Modern Title letter dealing with the delivery of grain and cattle
Ancient Archives administrative archive of unclear context
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | horizontal format
Summary of Content Letter of Snebonchis, son of Espneti-hetnetjer, to Espmetis, son of Espneti-hetnetjer, concerning the delivery of grain and cattle. According to Zauzich the scribe, whose name is lost here, can be identified through the identical handwriting on Pap. Berlin P. 15614-22667.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
865 man Espmetis, son of Espneti-hetnetjer (carrier-of-Ra and lesonis) Ns-pꜢ-mtr sꜢ Ns-pꜢ-nty-(n-)ḥ.t-nṯr pre-Coptic Egyptian
10345 man Hery-mesha Ḥry-mšꜥ Demotic
9275 man Pa-ir-dit, son of Espmetis and his mother Arouhapemenfe Pa-ỉr-ḏỉ.t sꜣ Ns-pꜣ-mtr mw.t=f ꜥr(=w)-Ḥp-r-Mn-nfr pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Late Period -664 BCE -332 BCE One person mentioned here is possibly identical with a man in Pap. Vindob D 10151, dated by Zauzich on 337 BCE.;







DatasetID 100430
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46528
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100430 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15640), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.